Our nursing Code of Ethics calls upon nurses to promote and advocate for the protection of health, safety and right of our patients. #
This means advocacy at the bedside for the individual patient as well as advocacy in Olympia and Washington, D.C., for public policy that promote safe and quality care.
Uninterrupted meal and rest breaks and limiting mandatory overtime means you can provide the highest quality patient care.
In addition to working to ensure that MultiCare provides real rest breaks to our nurses at Tacoma General and Good Samaritan Hospital, WSNA is also advocating for #breaks4nurses legislation in Olympia (House Bill 1715).
WSNA is aware that MultiCare and Bill Robertson released a letter to employees on Jan. 16, 2018 titled, “MultiCare Government Relations and Professional Advocacy.” In this letter, Mr. Robertson stated that prior to contacting legislators, employees must, “coordinate any potential contacts with elected official directly with Ingrid Mungia, Director of Government Relations for MultiCare Health System.” In addition, the letter instructs nurses to “inform Ingrid anytime one of these groups asks you to make contact with policymakers.”
Direct communication with your elected officials is considered by the Supreme Court to be protected concerted activity under the National Labor Relations Act.
Let us be clear:
- Nurses have the right to appeal to lawmakers and to advocate on specific issues/legislation such as our rest breaks bill.
- Employers cannot require nurses to notify employers or coordinate response when contacting legislators.
- Employers cannot prohibit or discriminate against nurses for advocating on issues and appealing to lawmakers.
- Nurses cannot be required to divulge their union activities and communication to an employer.
Please contact WSNA immediately should you face any investigation or retaliation related to your protected activities.
Latest update on #breaks4nurses legislation: House passed HB 1715 which would guarantee uninterrupted meal and rest breaks, and close the mandatory overtime loophole. The bill passed 56 – 42 with bipartisan support.
It’s not too late, join us in Olympia on Monday, Jan. 22, for Nurse Legislative Day and meet with your lawmakers face-to-face!
Michele Rose, RN
Good Samaritan Nurse Rep
206 – 575-7979 x3012